Thursday, October 11

AFC's Kim Sweet on special ed in high schools

Last night, Advocates For Children's executive director, Kim Sweet, presented to the Citywide Council on High Schools about the challenges facing high school kids with special needs. She said the small schools trend, coupled with the DOE's new policy requiring special education students to apply to high school through the regular admissions process, has made it more likely that students with special needs wind up with an inappropriate placement.

Sweet also said kids aren't being made aware of their diploma options, and especially of the fact that IEP diplomas are essentially meaningless; the DOE fails to help kids prepare for life after high school; and that the DOE has fallen short on creating programs for overage and undercredited kids with limited literacy. Look for more details about Kim's presentation in the next Insideschools alert.

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